Honoring Veterans

For those interested in mental health, PTSD is often the first issue that springs to mind when contemplating veterans. Many have argued that particularly in the unconventional wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, where threats to some troops are more or less constant, serving our country makes one more vulnerable than ever to psychological damage. The toll that prolonged separation and injury takes on troops and their families amounts to more collateral damage--in some cases resulting in broken hearts, bodies, and minds.As much as we need to advocate for proper mental health care for troops, it's also important to celebrate the positive psychological aspects of those who have served or do serve. The camaraderie soldiers develop with one another, the pride they and their families feel in the often rewarding work that they do, and the physical courage they display are strengths to be admired by all Americans.Here are some ways to help veterans today.

Why NOT Call War Trauma a Mental Illness?

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D.
Gains and losses of calling war trauma a mental illness

Pat Tillman, Stoic

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D.
We sometimes represent ethics in our lives

How Brotherhood Heals Trauma

By Tracy Stecker Ph.D.
Brothers are healing.

Wounded Souls I

By Eric Newhouse
PTSD is more than just combat stress

Post-Combat Wounds I

By Eric Newhouse
Unprecedented number of vets seeking health care.

Why PTSD is Larger than Mental Health

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Research Shows Strong Links Between PTSD & Disease

Omega3s and Suicide in the Military

By Emily Deans M.D.
There is significant correlation between low Omega 3 and suicide.

How to manage traumatic reactions among disaster survivors: Lessons from 9/11

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
When disaster strikes, people need psychological first aid

Emotional Healing Without Pathologizing or Drugging

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D.
There's more to healing than drugs or pathologizing.

Military PostSecrets

By Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
Military secrets revealed without Pentagon's permission

Friday Morning at Eleven—Lest We Forget

By Russell Friedman
Sadly, WW1 was NOT the "war to end all wars."

The New Energy Psychology Treatments for Anxiety and PTSD

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
PTSD quickly ends with this new treatment method.

Art Therapy Transforms Warriors into Artists

By Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
Art is an unlikely, but powerful weapon against wounds of war.

Mental Health and the Culture of War

By Ruth C. White Ph.D.
What happens to the mind when war happens?